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Celebrity First Mother’s Day 2020



A few celebrity women who became mothers for the first time over the past year celebrated their First Mother’s Day  this Sunday!

Many of them or their partners took to Instgram and other forms of social media to share their joy at being able to partake in the annual holiday in the United States paying homage to mom!

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Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi

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❤My 1st Mother's Day❤

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Rachel Bloom

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My body made her bones What the fuck

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Shay Mitchell

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the new, sleep deprived moms. To all the newish moms who are finally getting their bearings and adjusting to a new normal. To all the moms of multiples. To all the working moms. To all the single moms. To all the moms of rainbow babies. To the moms who have lost children. To those with difficult relationships with theIr moms. To mother figures in the absence of children. To all the women who are moms in their hearts but their bodies aren’t cooperating. To anyone who woke-up this morning with a pang of sadness because they no longer have their mom here. And let’s not forget the moms who are totally content with fur babies, or nothing to take care of at all. Wherever you are in this relationship, celebrate that today.💕

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Benji Madden, Cameron Diaz’s husband, dedicated a post to her

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Best Wishes for All the Mother’s, we’re all lucky to have you 💐It’s special day for us this year, Forever grateful to my wife for making me a Father, and taking such good care of us everyday. Best Mom and Wife and Friend. Wether waking up extra early to take care of everyone (3 humans and a dozen animals) or doing all the research and reading to make sure we try our best to be good parents for our daughter, she’s a force of nature and I’m very grateful. 6 years together just get more meaningful and true love each day. What a blessing. For me, I think wise to remind ourselves everyday, when we have a rare special person like this in our life, not to be the foolish person who takes it for granted. Fact is, No matter what happens at work, or what the world thinks/says, Cherish the Mothers and you can’t lose. Everything else you’ll be able to figure out- Happy home is worth more than Gold🙏 Thank G-D for Moms❤️❤️❤️Happy Mother’s Day ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍😍😍😍

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As did actor Joshua Jackson, Jodie Turner-Smith‘s husband, on her first Mom’s Day

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Dear Jodie, On this most special of mothers days I want to thank you for the being the light that you are. For the the passion with which you threw yourself into nurturing and protecting our child when she was in your womb. For the dedication and will you showed bringing her into the world. I have never witnessed a more powerful being than you through those moments. Thank you for the depth of grace you have found since our daughter has arrived. The commitment that you make look so effortless but I know is anything but. Thank you for making me a father. For trusting me enough to embark on this journey together. I am humbled more and more every day by that. I love you. I love seeing you enter the pantheon of mothers. And I look forward to walking this path by your side as we nurture this little engine of joy you have blessed the world with.

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As did Mike Epps to his wife, Kyra Robinson, a first time mom

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Tips for Organizing Your Own Summer Camp This Year

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This year, there is uncertainty as to whether Summer Camps will be held.

This means parents may be up to the task and duty of keeping their children entertained, inspired, motivated and educated all Summer long.

To ease the challenge, it is a good idea to establish a strict schedule that includes work time, play time, and other activities in between. Without a routine, your work or project obligations can suffer and you risk having your kids play video games and watch TV all day.

Here are some suggestions of activities I came up with:

  • Use the morning to institute some reading or math drills time.
  • If you live near a library, use its facilities and take advantage of their summer reading challenges.
  • Go to the craft or dollar store and pick up supplies and incorporate an hour on some days for crafts.
  • Use card or board games for non-electronics hours.
  • If restrictions are lifted, do outdoor activities close to home like make visits to the local park. My middle kid, who is a nature and animal lover, enjoys heading down to our town creek and exploring the dragonflies and frogs. My eldestused to like to ride his bike around the block and my youngest used to enjoy playing make-believe with her My Little Pony toys in the front yard.
  • Tack on active play time as well. Take a trip to a local tennis or basketball court. Toss the softball in the backyard. We go on a half mile loop in our town and stop periodically to do jumping jacks, burpees, situps and pushups in the evening. It’s a great way to stave off the summer excess weight gain as well.
  • Plan trips to the beach at least once during the summer, if they are open and you can safely socially distance from other beach goers.
  • Try one of these 60 ideas I came up with from a previous posts of stuff to do with the kids at or near home during the quarantine.

With these being unprecedented times, parents will have to get creative this year and try to make it work! Good luck!

Nurses Appreciation Week: 5 Daily Kind Ways to Honor Nurses

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No doubt about it: America’s nurses are being hammered by unprecedented levels of stress. We keep soldiering on (that’s what nurses do), but it’s hard not to give into despair and exhaustion. Rich Bluni says the antidote for pandemic weariness is inspiration. And there’s no time better than Nurses Week—actually we get a month this year, but the traditional week still begins on May 6th—to start creating your own.

“It is possible to reconnect to that feeling of inspiration you felt when you first became a nurse,” asserts Bluni, himself an RN with over 25 years of experience in the ER, Trauma, and ICU and author of best-selling books Inspired Nurse. “But you have to own it. You have to get deliberate and proactive about it. It won’t just happen—especially right now.”

Bluni—who is now sharing stories and tactics from Inspired Nurse in short video segments—offers a fun, energizing five-day exercise to try during Nurses Week.

What You’ll Need to Get Started: Five dollars; five thank-you notes; five stamps, envelopes, and sheets of paper; five minutes; and five prayers/positive thoughts. Over the next five work days, you will use each of these. The order of your “fives” is not important, but the actions themselves are.

Day 1: Give away your five dollars to someone who needs it. This person could be at work, on your way to work, or on your way home. You might buy breakfast for a patient’s family member or for a coworker whose partner is now out of work. You could donate it to a local pet shelter or contribute to your favorite takeout spot’s fundraiser so they can make payroll. Or use it to buy a couple pairs of new socks for a homeless person…just give away your five dollars to someone who needs it. Don’t worry. You’ll find them.

Day 2: Bring your five thank-you notes to work and find five coworkers to thank. Chances are, over the past few months, your coworkers and fellow staff members have gone above and beyond for you over and over (and you for them). This is your chance to acknowledge all they have done. Write them each a thank-you note and give it to them. (Yes…texts count!)

Day 3: Use your five stamps, papers, and envelopes to send letters of gratitude or just to say “hi” to five people for whom you are grateful or whom you miss. This can be done before, after, or at work (if you have a break). If you are quarantined from your family, send a letter to your spouse and kids. Send one to your elderly parents. Send letters to people who have made a difference for you in your healthcare journey, such as a professor, mentor, or anyone who has supported you in becoming who you are or in doing what you do.

Day 4: Spend five minutes doing a simple act of kindness. Maybe you’re caught up but your peer isn’t. Give him five minutes of your time and help him out. Spend five minutes with a new peer and tell her what a good job you think she is doing. This kindness can even be extended to yourself! Go outside for five minutes and feel the sun on your face instead of going to the candy machine for an unhealthy sugar fix.

Day 5: Depending upon your preferences, pray for five people or situations and sincerely wish them well. They could be patients or peers. Be positive in your prayers. Focus on surrounding these people or situations with blessings and peace. In lieu of prayers, you could also think five positive thoughts. Notice five positive things about a person or situation and be deliberate about sharing them with others.

Be purposeful about each task on each day. You might even recruit five others to do it with you. (Imagine what work would be like if even 10 percent of your peers “took five”!)

“Your renewed enthusiasm for your work is stronger than your fear and more lasting than your fatigue,” says Bluni. “Let the love and gratitude you feel for nursing inspire those around you and create a ripple effect that reaches to your patients and coworkers.”

About the Author:

Rich Bluni, RN, is the author of the best-selling books Inspired Nurse, Oh No…Not More of That Fluffy Stuff!, and Inspired Nurse Too. He has an active and popular Facebook page called Inspired Nurse.

Rich has been an RN since 1993. He has worked as a nurse in Adolescent Oncology, Pediatric ICU, and Trauma ICU departments as well as serving as a pediatric flight and transport nurse. He has served as an ED nursing manager as well as a senior director of risk management, quality, and patient safety.

He came to Studer Group in 2007 as a coach working with dozens of healthcare organizations and leaders to drive outstanding results. He is presently a senior director with Huron and a Studer Group national speaker, having traveled across North America to speak in front of hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers and leaders in hundreds of healthcare organizations, large healthcare conferences, as well as virtual webinars.

10 Tips For Getting Motivated to Work Out At Home

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People are looking to get gym-level workouts while being socially distant. It can be done and fortunately, there are lots of resources online to help. For example, a lot of gyms have moved remote and their instructors are teaching at home and broadcasting the workouts daily to members on a free, donation or reduced price basis.

My barre gym charges just $15 per month, while my Cycle Gym and Soca fitness class operate on a donation basis. There are also lots of apps like Peloton and Beach Body that offer free trials of one to six months.

Now that you know the options are available, it’s time to get motivated to do the workouts which is a problem that a lot of people have because they are also remote working from home, homeschooling their children and still have the usual family obligations of meal prep, cooking, cleaning and doing other chores.

To offer motivation tips, Nezar Akeel the Founder and CEO of MAXPRO Fitness, created the  MAXPRO, an award-winning ultra-compact “anywhere anytime gym” that works perfectly in any room in the home or anywhere outside and MAXPRO Fitness’ Sabrina Wescott, a certified holistic health coach, have come up with 10 tips people can use to stay fit while being socially distant:

1- Set realistic goals based on prior workouts.

If you normally do 30 minutes of cardio at the gym, you can still do 30 minutes of cardio at home. The same goes for strength training. If you want to take your workout to the next level, increase your weights for the first few reps and then back off of the last few. For cardio, push yourself by adding increments of 2-5 minutes per day.

2- Don’t ‘wait’ around for the best time to work out.

It is important for your success to schedule time to work out at home, just like you would do when physically going to the gym. If kids are home and you are having a hard time finding time, include the kids in your workout routine.

3- Home-based training equipment has been a long-standing option for people not wanting to go to the gym.

If you are used to working out with a coach or a trainer, the MAXPRO coaching app, along with other training apps, are available to give you training programs and even track your workouts.

However, if you don’t have access to these equipment options, bodyweight training can be a good alternative for working out at home. Planks, squats, burpees, push-ups, lunges, frog jumps, mountain climbers, spider crawls, and standing long jumps hit all parts of the body while keeping your heart rate up.

These exercises utilize your own weight to burn calories and build muscle.

4- Meditate.

Meditation can help control stress, anxiety and improve cardiovascular health. Meditation can be as simple as taking in deep breaths through your nose and breathing out your mouth or as guided meditations. The sky is the limit here.

5- Give a boost to boring workouts with at-home Circuit Training.

Try starting with Jumping Jacks for 45 seconds, jump down to pushups for 45 seconds, stand up and do some squats for 45 seconds, switch it up to skaters for 45 seconds, end with some alternating lateral lunges (modify down when necessary). Repeat this circuit 3 times.

6- Go Online to find new classes every day. 

nstructors from all over the globe are constantly making available both “live” classes and daily classes both on Facebook and YouTube. You can find some great stuff that fits YOUR fitness level.

7- Get some fresh air. 

With the weather getting warmer every day, opening a window or door to bring the outside in can get your senses going. Head outside for a brisk walk (fast walking) enough to get your heart rate elevated and get you slightly breathless.

8- Make your workout place feel special.

Make sure that you have an open space without obstacles and add a few photos of your quotes or images that inspire you. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just somewhere you can go to feel relaxed and accomplished.

9- Stretch and Cooldown.

Stretch stretch stretch!! Make stretching part of your cool down. Stretching is so important as it keeps your muscles flexible and allows you to maintain (or grow) your range of motion. Not stretching can put you at risk for joint pain and muscle damage. Use this and deep breathing to help lower your heart rate to normal.

10- Proper Nutrition.

We know how important water is to a healthy body, but another key nutrition needed following a workout is a good quality protein. Eating/drinking a good quality protein within an hour after your workout helps your muscles heal and prevents the loss of lean muscle.

With these tips, you may be on your way to getting and staying fit for the long haul, and ideally way after the quarantine, stay-home orders and other restrictions are lifted.

Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies, Discounts and Deals

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Schools across the country may have been closed because of the coronavirus, but teachers are still working. And many are working harder than ever.

This week, teachers are being recognized for all they do to educate the nation’s children. Businesses across the country are offering discounts to educators for everything, from automobile rentals to Apple computers.

Below is a list of deals and freebies educators can take advantage of.

Teacher Appreciation Week deals

  • 1800Flowers.com: NEA members can save 20% on flowers and gift baskets.
  • 23andMe: Teachers save $20 to $100 on select DNA kits.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Teachers save 60% off monthly Creative Cloud subscriptions.
  • Ann Taylor LOFT: Teachers save 15% off full-price purchases.
  • Apple: Apple Education Pricing is available to teachers on select devices.
  • Barnes & Noble: Get 20% off purchases for classroom use throughout the year, and 25% off purchases during Educator Appreciation Days.
  • Ben Franklin Crafts: Save 10% on classroom materials.
  • Bookmans: Get 20% off all purchases.
  • Books-a-Million: Get 20% off purchases for the classroom with a BAM Educator’s card.
  • Budget Truck Rental: Teachers get 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves.
  • Bunion Bootie: Teachers get 10% off their purchase with SheerID verification.
  • Coolframes.com: Teachers get a 5% discount on frames.
  • Costco: NEA members will receive a $30 Costco Shop Card with a new Costco membership and access to more than 500 member-only warehouse locations across the country.
  • Dagne Dover: When you register with Dagna Dover, you can get 20% off purchases.
  • Dick Blick Art Supplies: Get 10% off art supplies for the classroom.
  • Eduporium: Get a 20% discount on most products.
  • E-Z Rent a Car: Teachers get a 10% discount.
  • GE Appliances Store: NEA members receive several discounts and free delivery on appliances costing more than $399.
  • GelPro: Get 25% off your purchase of cushioned floor mats.
  • GM Educator Discount: Current employees of a public school, private school, college or university can enjoy special pricing below MSRP on the purchase or lease of eligible, new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicles.
  • Half Price Books: Get 10% off purchases when you sign up for the Half Price Books Educator’s card.
  • Hanes: Get 10% off when you sign up with ID.me.
  • Hertz Rent a Car: NEA members can save 25% on rentals.
  • J. Crew: Get 5% off for in-store purchases.
  • Joann: Teachers save 15% on purchases.
  • Karen Kane: Teachers get a 20% discount.
  • Lakeshore Learning: Save 15% when you join the Teacher’s Club.
  • Michael’s: Get 20% off every purchase.
  • Microsoft: Educators will get Office 365 free, plus 10% off Windows devices.
  • National Geographic Geno 2.0: Teachers get $50 off on Geno 2.0 DNA kits for classroom use.
  • National Rent a Car: NEA members save up to 20% on rentals.
  • Pencils.com: Sign up to receive a 10% discount on purchases.
  • Pure Formulas: Get 10% off when you use your ID.me verification.
  • SIXT Rent a Car: Teachers get a 5% discount on rentals.
  • The Container Store: The Organized Teacher program offers educators discounts throughout the year.
  • Thriftbooks: Used classroom book sets are 20% off for teachers.
  • T-Mobile: Save $100 on smartphones and tablets with a new-line activation.
  • TOMS: Teachers get a 10% off their purchase with SheerID verification.

3 ATHLEIUSURE BOTTOMS YOU CAN AND WORK OUT IN THE ENTIRE QUARANTINE

Everyone is in pajamas these days. And no one is washing clothes or doing laundry. A lot of us are relying on the same cycle of a few comfy leisure wear, old tees, comfy sweats or yoga pants.

I’m finding myself in and out of my fave workout pants. You know, the ones with the extra firm support that still feels snug and  cozy, and… you can go to sleep in if you want, then wake up and go for a quick run in!

Do you have a pair of pants like that? The brand and style I have is no longer on sale or in stock but I found three alternatives for you to consider investing in today. They’re mid range in price but worth it because they can stand the test of time of repeated wash and wear.

Alo Yoga

Alo Yoga  makes a pretty good pair of high waisted leggings they call the Moto Legging. They are stylish looking and comfy. BUY YOURS HERE!

BEYOND YOGA

Beyond Yoga Cozy Long Fleece Foldover Jogging Pant: If you want a jogger that is less baggy and comes in a slim fit style, then the Beyond Yoga jogger pant is for you. It’s made of breathable fleece and comes to the ankle. They are so comfortable and plush, you won’t want to take them off. You can wear the waist band up or down. They are super soft and they have front pockets!!!! Even though they are a slim fit, they are still relaxed and supple enough to not make you feel stuffed in them. BUY YOURS HERE!

TORY SPORT

 

Tory Sport Women’s Chevron Full Length Leggings are made of neoprene and are very comfortable to wear and they are breathable and made with wicking and COOLMAX tech that keeps you cool to when you work out. Consider getting a size up for a better fit. If you can afford it, consider getting them in more than one color.  BUY YOURS HERE!

Tory Sport is the performance luxury activewear for women by Tory Burch that seamlessly balances style and performance. Defined by classic American sportswear, Tory Sport offers a comprehensive range of stylish and wearable sports clothing and athletic wear for coming and going, running, studio, tennis and golf.

 

For other pieces you may need to restock into your wardrobe, here is a curated list of the top Athleisure wear brands to check out today:

ADAY

ADAY adopts a ‘less-is-more’ approach and a design ethos based on seasonless pieces and sustainability to offer everyday, athleisure-inspired clothes that are both performance-driven and stylish.

Every ADAY piece of clothing features novel technical material properties (sweat-wicking, quick-drying, UV- and chlorine-protected and wrinkle-free).

Tory Sport is the performance luxury activewear for women by Tory Burch

ALALA

Alala is a super trendy New York City-inspired luxury activewear brand.

IVY PARK

 

Beyoncé’ Ivy Park offers high-fashion meets high-tech performance wear. The collection of activewear is effortlessly cool and includes everything from sports bras to leggings, crop and oversized sweatshirts, bodysuits and more. She recently partnered with Adidas on a collection. SHOP THE BRAND

ATHLETA

Athleta (by Gap) The Gap-owned fitness brand Athleta offers stylish athleisure wear for women and girls for a variety of activities including yoga, running, swimming, and hiking.

FABLETICS

Kate Hudson’s fitness fashion brand Fabletics features a collection of comfortable workout and athleisure clothing. This American retailer sells sportswear, footwear and accessories.

IVL COLLECTIVE

The Ivory Lane Collective, or IVL Collective for short, is fastly becoming a leader in women’s athleisure wear. Their activewear collection includes everything from cute leggings to tanks, tees, and jackets.

NIKE

One of the most successful and recognisable sportswear brands in the world, Nike offers everything from quality shorts and t-shirts to shoes and socks that are both fashionable and functional. The brand also sells a lot of high-quality gym gear for your home.

UNDER ARMOUR

Under Armour The American sportswear label Under Armour launched in 2016 Under Armour Sportswear (UAS), a premium athleisure range designed by Belgian designer Tim Coppens. UAS fuses high-performance sportswear designs with an elevated sartorial touch. They have really cute and sexy gym clothes on their website.  SHOP THE BRAND

FP MOVEMENT BY FREE PEOPLE

FP Movement is Free People’s active fashion line which triumphs both bohemian chic style and function. FP Movement by Free People

ADIDAS

Adidas is a sportswear powerhouse that combines quality and style to create modern, street-savvy active wear. The active wear brand’s signature three-stripe motif has gained iconic status in popular culture. (Image source)

No matter which you choose, have it your way!

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75+ RECIPE SUBSTITUTES EVEN FOR DAIRY, EGG, GLUTEN & SUGAR

 

Now that everyone is forced to be home because of the global pandemic, a lot of people are finding themselves cooking and baking a lot more. Sometimes, you cannot find certain crucial ingredients items on the shelves and are stuck. In fact, there have been reports that a lot of stores are struggling to keep flour on their shelves.

It helps in times like these to be aware of recipe substitute you can use to swap out an ingredient you don’t have. Also, for those who have allergies to dairy, gluten, eggs, sugar, it’s a good idea to have subs in mind or in the pantry.

Here are some common recipe subs for you to keep in mind. Bookmark this post!

RECIPE SUBSTITUTES

  1. 1 tsp cornstarch = 2 tsp flour (for thickening)
  2. 1 tbsp butter or margarine = 1/2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil (frying, sauteing or grilling)
  3. 1 clove of garlic = 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  4. red wine = replace with equal amounts of grape juice or beef broth
  5. white wine = replace with equal amount so apple juice or chicken broth
  6. 1 cup of beer = 1 cup of chicken broth
  7. 1/4 cup of brandy = 1 tsp brandy extract plus enough water to make 1/4 cup
  8. 1 cup ketchup = 1 cup tomato sauce + 1 tsp vinegar + 1 tsp sugar
  9. 1 cup mayonnaise = 1 cup plain yogurt
  10. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese = 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese or 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  11. 1/2 cup Soy sauce = 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce + 1 tbsp water
  12. 1 tbsp chives = 1 tbsp green onions
  13. Substitute any mushrooms type for meat
  14. 1 tsp Seasoning salt = 1 tbsp fresh herbs

BAKING SUBSTITUTES

  1. 1 tsp baking powder = 1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  2. 1 tsp lemon juice = 1/2 tsp vinegar
  3. 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate = 4 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tbsp butter
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa = 1 oz square of unsweetened chocolate
  5. 1 tsp cream of tartar = 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
  6. 1 cup cake flour = 1 cup all purpose flour less 2 tbsp
  7. 1 cup self raising flour = 7/8 cup all purpose flour = 1 1/2 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp arrowroot = 1 tbsp flour or 1 tsp cornstarch
  9. 1 tbsp gelatin = 2 tsp agar agar
  10. 1 tsp lemon zest = 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  11. 1 cup of cake flour = 2 tbsp cornstarch and all purpose flour to fill one cup
  12. 1 tbsp tapioca = 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  13. 1 cup self raising flour = 1 cup all purpose flour + 1/2 tsp salt + 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  14. 1 cup unsalted butter = 1 cup shortening
  15. 1 cup corn syrup = 1 1/4 cup sugar + 1/3 cup water

DAIRY SUBSTITUTES

  1. 1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup plain yogurt
  2. 1 cup half & half = 7/8 cup whole milk + 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  3. 1 cup heavy cream (won’t whip) = 1/3 cup butter + 2/3 cup milk See how to make this heavy cream substitute here.
  4. 1 cup sour cream = 1 cup milk + 1 1/3 tbsp vinegar
  5. 1 cup light cream = 1 cup evaporated milk
  6. 1 ounce sliced mozzarella cheese = 1 ounce sliced tofu (great for sandwiches or crackers)
  7. 1/2 cup sour cream = 1/2 cup pureed silken tofu, blended
  8. 1/2 cup of ice cream = 1/2 cup of frozen banana, blended
  9. 1 cup whole milk = 1 cup fat free milk + 1 tbsp canola oil
  10. 1/4 cup butter = 1/4 cup baby prunes (dark cakes or brownies)
  11. 1 cup butter = 1/2 cup buttermilk + 1/2 cup applesauce (cakes, breads, muffins)
  12. 1 cup cream cheese = 1 cup fat free ricotta cheese

EGG SUBSTITUTES

  1. 2 tbsp water + 1/2 tsp baking powder (cookies/cakes)
  2. 1/2 banana (batters, breads, brownies)
  3. 1/4 cup applesauce (batters, breads, brownies)
  4. 1 egg = 1/4 cup pureed tofu + 1 tbsp flour (for vegans)
  5. 1 egg = 1/4 cup yogurt (brownies)
  6. 1 egg = 1/2 cup buttermilk (cakes)
  7. 1 egg = 3 tbsp pureed fruit (cakes)
  8. 2 eggs = 1 tbsp white vinegar and 1 tbsp water + 1 tsp baking powder. (stir well – use when cake calls for more than one egg)
  9. 1 egg  = 1/4 cup vegetable oil (cookies)
  10. 1 egg = 1 tbsp cornstarch + tbsp water (cookies)

SPICE SUBSTITUTES

  1. 1 tbsp fresh herbs = 1 tsp dried herbs
  2. 1 tsp allspice = 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp ginger + 1/4 tsp cloves
  3. 1/4 tsp saffron = 1/4 tsp turmeric
  4. 1/2 tsp cardamom= 1/2 tsp ginger
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon = 1/4 tsp nutmeg or 1/4 tsp allspice
  6. 1 tbsp cumin = 1 tbsp chili powder
  7. 1 tsp apple pie spice = 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + 1/4 tsp nutmeg + 1/8 tsp allspice + dash of ground cloves
  8. 1 tbsp Italian seasoning = 1/3 tsp each of basil, oregano and rosemary
  9. 1 tsp poultry seasoning = 3/4 tsp sage + 1/4 tsp thyme
  10. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice = 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + 1/4 tsp ground ginger + 1/4 tsp ground allspice + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  11.  1 1/4 tsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder  =1 tsp ground cinnamon + 1 tsp ground cloves + 1 tsp ground fennel seed + 1 tsp ground star anise

GLUTEN SUBSTITUTES

  1. 1 cup Panko bread crumbs = 1 cup of almond flour (baking or breading)
  2. 1 cup of flour = 1 cup of pureed black beans (brownies)
  3. For Sandwich bread, substitute corn tortillas
  4. Pasta – substitute spaghetti squash
  5. Couscous – substitute quinoa
  6. Soy Sauce – substitute Tamari (affiliate link)
  7. Butter – substitute coconut oil
  8. Eggs – Ener G Egg Replacer (affiliate link)
  9. Flour for thickening – try tapioca starch

SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

  1. 1 cup packed brown sugar = 1 cup of granulated sugar +1/4 cup of molasses
  2. 1 cup honey = 3/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup liquid
  3. 1 cup powdered sugar = 1 cup sugar + 1/3 tsp cornstarch (blend in a blender in batches)
  4. 2 tbsp sugar = 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (cookies, cakes, brownies)
  5. 1 tbsp sugar = 1/8 tsp Stevia (affiliate link)
  6. 1 cup sugar = 2/3 cup agave nectar
  7. 1 cup corn syrup = 1 1/4 cup white sugar + 1/3 cup of water

Here’s Your 5 Step DIY Home Pedicure Guide

Just because most of your days are spent at home, doesn’t mean you cannot treat yourself to a nice pampering pedicure.

It’s very important for your overall health to have well maintained feet. And your feet carry you through the day all your life and deserve TLC.  You do not even need to dedicate too much time or expensive products to you feet care.

Here is an easy 5 step DIY Pedicure treatment for home but before you do, clip your toe nails and file down any sharp nails that result from the trim:

 

Step One: Make a soak

Combine 2 cups of mouth wash, 2 cups of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water into a basin.

Step Two: Soak

Submerge your feet in there for about 18 minutes.

Step Three: Exfoliate

Using a pumice stone or washcloth, rigorously scrub under the foot and heel to remove callouses and dead skin.

Step Four: Rinse

Run cool or warm water over your feet to rinse all the yucky away.

Step Five: Moisturize

Slather a moisturizing balm like a rich emollient lotion or oil to the feet.

Optional:

Step Six: Polish

Use a base coat, polish and top coat to make it look pretty. Go with a natural shade, subtle or bright seasonal color depending on your mood!

Feel good!

College Decision Day Reveal: 11 More Creative Ideas to Steal

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Last year, I blogged about a new trend of college reveal photo shoots and video reveals.

And now that we are in the era of COVID, the over-the-top party celebration with friends of the past will not be possible this year! Or will it?!

Here is a curated list of unique, creative and some common ways to share with your family and friends online where your kid plans to attend college in the Fall:

College Collage

The simplest and my fave is the ubiquitous collage of college logos around a photo of your senior. If your Class of 2020 graduate has already made her or his decision, you could indicate so in the photo or with the kid in the center photo wearing a jersey or t-shirt from the selected institution.

The At Home Signing Day

This idea is great for future college athletes. Have the parents or siblings pose behind the student at a desk or table ready to sign on the dotted line as is done during sports signing days.

Escape Quarantine and Shout It In the Streets

This idea simply involves a little photo shoot outside in front of the home, outdoors with your senior in his/her chosen school gear.

FROM TOT TO COLLEGE

I love this school’s idea of creating a timeline collage featuring a photo of the graduate as a toddler or preschooler and his senior photo along with a copy of the college announcement. Very creative. You can create something similar using Canva. or Picmonkey for FREE in minutes!

K.I.S.S. (Keepin It Simple, Silly)

Post a simple piece of swag from the school.

Major announcement

Incorporate some elements of the major in the announcement the way this future USC  Animation Student did with her announcement

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Well said ladies! Yes it is Official!!! I decided that I'm going to the University of Southern California (USC) in the fall! ❤💛 I will be majoring in Animation and Digital Arts at the School of Cinematic Arts!! I want to thank all of my friends!! I love you all! A big thanks to @cinnamonthechug @iamrachelkaufman and Especially @paigekaren67 without you I wouldn't have gotten into USC or be the person I am today, I'm so thankful and I love you more than anything!! . . . #usc#usccinematicarts#uscanimation#IGotIntoUSC#animation#animationmajor#futureanimator#characterdesign#characteranimation#collegedecisionday#college#universityofsoutherncalifornia#myart#myartstyle#originalcharacter#artistoninstagram#instaartist#digitalart#autodesksketchbook#digitaldrawing#cherry#cherry🍒#dulce#loveyourself#anythingispossible

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Cool Runnings

Similar to the simple memorabilia, if your teen already has a tee or sweatshirt from the school, hang it from a hanger on a door and post just the item of clothing

FOOD

You cannot go wrong with cake pops or cupcakes. Print out small versions of each school’s logo, attach to a Popsicle stick or toothpick and voila!

Cupcakes are always popular

OR CAPS

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OR CAKE POPS

A Bed Party

Yes, Bed Parties are a thing but would require a bit of shopping for random items that come in the same color of the school and a trip to the party supply or dollar store for Mylar Balloons and streamers.

Post a photo of the future college kid in a bed of collegiate merch from the school of choice. Photo from Skiks which that site makes and sells such gear

Check out these below from Blue-Prynt a company that specializes in personalized decorations.

I hope you get inspiration from these photos!

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas You Can Get Even During Qurantine

Mother’s Day is coming up, believe it or not. I know it’s probably something that may escape the minds of family members given the global stay home orders and how our days and weeks are blending into each other.

If you have a first-time, veteran or mom-to-be in your life and you are  racking your brains looking for ideas and suggestions on what to get  her, here are 10 mainly free or relatively inexpensive ideas you can pull off without leaving the house!

  1. Do-nothing day—plenty of moms would love to spend a day not having to lift a finger or spend the day doing just what they want to do. So give your mom a card that tells her she is entitled to a day off—and be sure to honor it!
  2. At Home Spa day—since she can not go to the spa, bring the spa to her. Check out my recent posts with several at-home pantry, fridge and kitchen cabinet ingredients spa recipes.
  3. A clean car—Mom’s car can get downright disgusting after shuttling kids around all the time. So grab the kids and have them help you wash the car.
  4. Customized necklace—May isn’t a good month to buy jewelry because stores often hike prices in anticipation of Mother’s Day. However, you can find affordable necklaces with charms that can be engraved with children’s names online at Etsy.com.
  5. Photo mug—plenty of companies create mugs with photos on them for about $11 online from a popular chain store like CVS online. This gift is ideal for grandmothers who appreciate a creative way to show off pictures of the grand kids.
  6. Plants and flowers for the yard—rather than a bouquet, buy a potted plant, flowering bush or tree that will last for years. Or let Mom buy plants for the garden and then plant them for her.
  7. Photo album—most of our photos are now digital and we rarely print them out. So get some photo paper from Target, Walmart or Amazon and print out your pictures at home, put them in an album and let mom enjoy looking at them the old-fashioned way.
  8. A clean house—give Mom a break from her daily chores and do them for her (the way she would want them done). Wash the dishes, do the laundry, sweep the floors and make the beds.
  9. Frame the kids’ art—Moms will surely get a few pieces of handcrafted art from the kids for Mother’s Day. Make it easy for her to display and store them with a frame that lets you do both!
  10. Make a donation in Mom’s name—for the Mom that already has everything, make a donation in her name to her favorite charity or motherhood-related organization.
  11. Bonus idea—Take the time to sit down with your mom and ask her to share family stories that you can record or write down in a journal that can be shared with other family members.

Now that dads cannot rely on the kids to make her a handmade card at school, it’s time for them to get on it and start planning! Hopefully, these 10 tips will help!